Press Releases

May 31, 2011

Statement of Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa on Debt Ceiling Vote

(WASHINGTON)—House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) released the following statement on tonight's House vote on the question of raising the debt ceiling: "The American people have shown their willingness to sacrifice through tough economic times and Congress should follow their lead. "Government debt is crushing our economic growth potential and saddling future generations with a crippling burden. Every dollar the government spends comes from either the ...

May 27, 2011

Oversight Committee Questions NRC on Non-cooperation with Review of Japanese Nuclear Disaster

WASHINGTON- In letters to the chairmen of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS), House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is requesting information on the NRC's lack of cooperation with an independent review of the Commission's response to the events at Fukushima Daiichi. In early April, the ACRS, an independent committee within the NRC, launched an important review of the lessons learned from ...

May 26, 2011

Issa Statement on Administration Efforts to Address Job Killing Regulations

Washington, DC – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) issued the following statement on the Administration's efforts to address job-killing regulations: "Any effort on the part of the President to make the regulatory system more predictable, more transparent, and less onerous for job creators is progress—and I'll take it. Job creators, however, have made clear that the flawed regulations that hurt the most are new and proposed regulations that are ...

May 26, 2011

Legislation Introduced in House and Senate to Bar Administration from Inserting Politics into Federal Contracting

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, Rep. Tom Cole, and Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves today introduced legislation that would prohibit federal agencies from collecting or using information relating to campaign contributions and other political expenditures by potential contractors in the federal procurement process. In April, the Administration floated the idea of an Executive Order requiring federal agencies to collect ...

May 24, 2011

Obama Administration Pursuing Policies that Raise Prices at the Pump, Subject of Oversight Hearing and Report

WASHINGTON — House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) today led a hearing and highlighted a new report documenting Obama Administration policies that negatively impact domestic energy prices. Members heard testimony from EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and Deputy Interior Secretary David Hayes. "The United States has the largest reserves in the world—resources that can provide good paying American jobs and fuel our economic expansion. But standing between ...

May 24, 2011

Report: Impact of Statements by President, Energy Secretary about Raising Energy Costs on Americans Seen in Administration Policies

WASHINGTON — A report released today by Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa highlights evidence that the statements by President Obama and Energy Secretary Chu about intentionally raising energy costs for Americans can be seen across the federal government: from blocking production in the Gulf of Mexico, to ...

May 17, 2011

Friendly Skies for Big Labor?

Oversight Reviews Federal Board's Reversal of 75 year-old Rule in Labor Elections WASHINGTON- Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., chairman of the oversight subcommittee on labor policy, are concerned labor union political influence may have compromised independence of the group charged with mediating airline labor disputes. In a letter to National Mediation Board ...

May 16, 2011

Chairman Issa Statement on EPA Boiler MACT Rule Delay

WASHINGTON, D.C. —House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) today released the following statement regarding an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decision to delay implementation of a new rule impacting operators of large boilers: "EPA's proposed Boiler MACT rule would put more than 300,000 U.S. jobs at risk. The agency's decision to delay implementation of this rule is a temporary stay of career execution for these workers, but the ...

May 16, 2011

VIDEO RELEASE: White House Transparency Behind Closed Doors?

WASHINGTON, DC – The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today released "White House: Transparency Behind Closed Doors?", a video highlighting the White House's recent refusal to explain an Executive Order which would politicize the federal procurement process. In its handling of this contentious Executive Order, the White House underscores its failure to live up to President Obama's own open government ...

May 13, 2011

House Oversight Committee Chairman Issa, Reps. Gowdy and Ross Request NLRB Documents on Boeing Action and Lawsuits Targeting Worker Protection Amendments

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) action against the Boeing Company and efforts to invalidate constitutional amendments in two states are likely to impact America's economic recovery and should be carefully reviewed given the current climate. Those were the words of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), and committee members Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL) and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), in a May 12 letter to NLRB Acting ...